About Katya Valeska

Never was a cornflake girl, except to spark interest and crucify myself.

Taking it one day at a time…

As a blogger, I always worried about time. If you think about everything that we do (as a blogger or even as a creator/event organizer) we balance it through Time. Do we have time for this, or do we have time for that? Why isn’t there ten million hours in the day??

I NEED TO BLOG ALL THE THINGS!

So really? How long does it take to actually Blog? From conception to the finished product it can take anywhere from a half hour up to four hours (there are people who spend hours on their photos!) If a person really thinks about it – from the time we, as a blogger, have a concept in our head of what we’d like to blog, we go into full on ready mode. We need to come up with our outfit, our hair, our skin, shoes, accessories. Are we needing a background or are we doing it on our platform? What about the home & decor bloggers? I know personally it takes me about a day to set up one room, much less a house.

Once we finally figure out what and how and where it’s off to the next step: Picture taking, windlights, dealing with lag, derezzing objects and people and taking about at least ten pictures (or twenty). Most often, after the photos, we write our style card, in order to remember what we had on our avi. Using the “Current Outfit” Folder in Firestorm and the Official Viewer helps a lot. (ALSO! Make sure to write down what pose you used and if you took a picture in a location, jot that down!)

After, we’re sprinting to Photoshop (or GIMP) to process. Now this where time really takes a hold of us. Some are speedy and can process a pictures within minutes (some don’t really even touch up at all), while others spend hours perfecting their masterpiece. Tick tock. The clock continues to tick. After processing, we have to name our photo (most do numbers, or maybe snapshot2010) upload it up on Flickr (one of the best marketing tools for a blogger!), add it to the appropriate groups, tag it, and send it off.

Next – we have to go back and Blog. This is can be the easiest or the hardest part. Depending on what type of blogger you are, you could be wordy like I am, or keeping it simple and just posting credits (some people just do that.) Others talk about the products that they are wearing, or the event that the products have come from. Sometimes it’s a designer spotlight, or a multitude of creations. Other times it could be a quote, a poem or even a tutorial. Depending on the blog, it could be many things. Once it’s written, titled and posted it can take anywhere from ten minutes to over an hour. Really it all depends on what YOU are going to be talking about.

This is when I go back to TIME. It take TIME to be a blogger. Just like a creator or event organizer, blogging takes time. For those that can pound out blogs within minutes, I envy you! So the next time someone asks you how many times a week you blog, think about it. Time is our master.

For credits and landmarks, see below <3

Taking it one day at a timeDress: coldLogic – Timm in Snow (s) / Damien Fate, Janie Marlowe, & Zyrra Falcone *NEW*
Boots: Baiastice Avani High Boot in Denim (xs) / Sissy Pessoa
Necklace: Cae :: Galaxy Necklace / Caelan Hancroft *Seraphim Social*
Tablet: Plethora – Police Box (rare) / Liquidh3ll Carter *NEW*
Skin: Izzie’s – Nomi Skin in Pale (DB) / Izzie Button *NEW*
Hair: *Milk* Hair – Poppy Seed / Kattington *The Boutique*
Eyes: IKON – Promise Eyes in Grey (ml) / Ikon Innovia
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands in Elegant / Siddean Munro
Nail Appliers: {Wicked Peach} Galaxy Nails / Autumn Aramanth *Seraphim Social*
Pose: Imeka Poses / Nati Williams *The Chapter Four*
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Hunting high…

This week has been a whirlwind – so many things are on my plate right now that I’m about to overflow and don’t know which way to end up. I finally had a chance to take a picture the other night for the upcoming Fantasy Gacha Carnival and Enchantment – two fabulous events that start on the 1st of February, of course, embracing the genre of role-play and your own fantastical desires.

So while I was figuring out what to blog, I realized that as a blogger it takes a lot of work just to actually think of what to “blog”. With so many offerings to be had and choices to make on what we’d like to “show off”, it can get a bit overwhelming. If we had our way – we’d blog all the things and be happy about it, but really who has the time? And to be honest – how does one go about combining the right items to get the right look? How will YOU stand out among the other 2000+ bloggers out there (maybe an exaggeration but a lot!)

My only recommendations for this dilemma would be to blog what YOU think is your mark. You can either be the cookie-cutter blogger that does the same thing everyone else does, or you can step up and try something different. Your style defines who you are and how you make it in this place. It really does. I noticed an ongoing trend when bloggers started to post their blogs through the Fantasy Gacha Carnival group: certain creators got blogged right off the bat, others…fell into the midst. We wonder why this happens, and sometimes I think a lot has to do with what we see about, especially on Flickr, blogs and Plurk. There are others out there that are waiting to be defined and make their marks as well. You are a marketing tool for them. So make it happen. Take your spin on what you like, what you see and step it up. It’s a great big world out there.

For credits and landmarks, see below <3

Hunting high... Continue reading